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Care, Compassion and Craft: Into the Pit

Care, Compassion and Craft: Into the Pit

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Mar 27th 2019

The path from bestselling book to the big screen was, like its title, serpentine, but The Snake Pit (1948) nonetheless emerged as a rare Hollywood product that combined a sincerely crafted exploration

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Coins of an S.O.B.'s Realm

Coins of an S.O.B.'s Realm

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Mar 24th 2019

Darryl F. Zanuck, the production chief at Twentieth Century Fox for decades, was known for his experience-honed and largely successful picture-making instincts. He was tough, protective and a risk-tak

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Like Cimarron in South Africa

Like Cimarron in South Africa

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Dec 24th 2018

There’s no question that the romance-driven, continent-spanning Cinemascope action epic Untamed (1955) was certainly the biggest Hollywood sound-era studio movie bearing that moniker. The turbulent ch

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Cummings and Glowings

Cummings and Glowings

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Oct 9th 2018

Under his 20-year watch at the nascent Fox Film Corporation and the studio’s inaugural decade of flowering into a major powerhouse as the spectacularly reformed Twentieth Century Fox, director Irving

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Opportunity Bothers to Knock

Opportunity Bothers to Knock

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Sep 17th 2018

Quite a stage and screen career lay ahead for the recent American Academy of Dramatic Arts graduate born 87 years ago today. By the end of 1951 the Bronx-born actress had tallied appearances in severa

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